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I bought the brushed nickel Border Patrol that was in the classifieds here awhile back. After getting it, and shooting it, I’ve decided to try to clean it up a bit. The plating was in terrible shape, so I am in the process of stripping it down. Has anyone found a close match for the factory brushed nickel? I thought about contacting the custom shop and seeing if, and how much they charge to re plate it. I might just blue it... I have a few troopers already, but the Border Patrol roll mark intrigued me.
 

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I believe the Colt Border Patrol revolver only came in Blue or Bright Nickel. Maybe the one you've got the Nickel plating has or was diminished to the point it appears to be Brushed Nickel or it was refinished that way. Anyway, I also don't believe Colt is currently doing any re-plating work currently so you may need to look at some other firearm refinishing sources. If your gun was original Bright Nickel I'd recommend that you go back to that since Colt only made a small percentage of the Border Patrol's in Nickel. Good Luck.
 

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I think any value beyond a good shooter is pretty much gone. A refinish might diminish its value even more to a collector. I would recommend getting in refinished however you like...either re-plated, Cerakote or Hard Chrome. Regardless of what's done, it should be an excellent shooter regardless. Just consider the money spent vs. value retained. If you don't mind being update down in value get it refinished. I've done that with a Police Positive Special years ago and it's one of my favorite shooters.
 

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There were only 1152 nickel Second Issue Colt Border Patrol revolvers made.

The blued models didn't have the brighter polish of the standard Trooper Mark III and I think the nickel models were a lesser bright nickel.
The Border Patrol was intended to be a service revolver for the BP and Colt also sold them commercially to police departments and the public as a lower priced model then the Trooper Mark III.

Colt will no longer service any of their older guns so you'll have to go elsewhere.
Personally, due to the fewer made, I'd find a processor who will do the original brushed nickel.
Here's some sources known for high quality work.

Cogan would be my first choice. They're probably the best all around gun refinisher in business.

http://www.apwcogan.com/

Ford's might be a good choice. They did have a problem a few years ago, but not with nickel plating.

Ford's Custom Gun Refinishing | Crystal River, FL - Ford's Custom Gun Refinishing

The Custom Shop specializes in Colt hand guns.
NOTE: The Custom Shop ARE NOT THE COLT CUSTOM SHOP. Colt has nothing to do with the company and merely listed them as a possible source of work on models Colt no longer services. Colt does not warrant any work done by them.

https://www.customshopinc.com/
 

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In the early 80’s, colt started offering coltguard electroless finish and offered it as a refinish service as well, which is a brush type nickel finish that some mistaken the gun as stainless. There is a good chance your gun might have started out as a blued gun and was nickel plated. The blued border patrol MKIII had a brush blued finish only to the barrel, hammer, top of frame and trigger. The cylinder and rest of the frame was bright blued from the examples I have observed.
 

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I edited my post.
I failed to state that there were only 1152 NICKEL Colt Border Patrol Second Issue guns made.
There were 5,356 made in blue.
 

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The nickel BP's were a bright nickel even though they weren't as bright and polished as the MKIII. The more it was polished, the brighter the nickel was.
 
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